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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Spain investigates Uber for potential tax fraud

Spain’s Economic Crimes Prosecutor’s Office is investigating ride-sharing company Uber over allegations it defrauded the country of €5.1 million in VAT in 2018.

Barcelona-based pressure group Taxi Project 2.0 said on 29 June that the prosecutor’s office had decided to investigate Uber after analysing a complaint they brought against the company on 20 May. 

The group said its complaint contains “more than obvious” evidence that Uber avoided paying tax in at least the years 2017 and 2018.

Uber said that it operates in over 70 countries and complies with its tax obligations in all of them.

Vatican police raid St Peter’s Basilica maintenance department in corruption probe

Police in the Vatican reportedly raided the government department responsible for the maintenance of St Peter’s Basilica as part of an investigation into alleged corruption and embezzlement linked to the purchase of a building in London.

The police reportedly seized documents and computers as part of the raid.

The raid follows weeks after the police reportedly arrested a middleman suspected of using the church’s money to purchase the London building. 

Vatican police revealed the investigation in October 2019 when they raided the offices of the Secretariat of State.

To date, the probe has reportedly resulted in the resignation of the Vatican’s police chief and the head of the financial regulator. 

Uzbekistan launches anti-corruption agency

Uzbekistan has created an agency to combat corruption and boost the country’s international reputation, according to the Tashkent Times.

Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev reportedly signed a decree on 29 June establishing the agency, which will oversee public procurement and investment and initiate a regime to verify the assets of state officials.

The agency will report directly to President Mirziyoyev and the country’s parliament.

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